Bangka - The Ministry of Transportation will arrange the ports in Bangka Belitung Province, to be more productive and is expected to further facilitate the movement of passengers and goods.

This was conveyed by the Minister of Transportation during a working visit to Bangka, on Sunday (3/7), reviewing a number of ports in the Province of Babel, especially on Bangka Island. "We plan with the Governor of Babel to remap the ports in Bangka Belitung Province to be developed more productively," said the Minister of Transportation.

The Minister of Transportation said that on Bangka Island there are a number of ports for both passengers and goods, including: Sadai Ferry Port, Pangkal Balam Port, Tanjung Ular Port and Belinyu Port.

“We together with the local government will re-identify which ports will be developed, because most ports are not economical. If we can focus on developing in one particular place, the results will have a good impact. Here we have commodities such as palm oil, tin and others that have the potential to optimize shiploads," said the Minister of Transportation.

The Minister of Transportation revealed that one of the efforts made to make ports more productive is to collaborate in their management and development with the private sector and BUMD. "So the central government provides management cooperation (KSP) to local governments. Then the Regional Government cooperates with BUMD and the private sector on a business to business (B to B) basis," he said.

On the same occasion, Pj. The Governor of Bangka Belitung, Ridwan Djamaluddin, agreed to arrange the existing port to increase its productivity. "We at the provincial government level together with the regent and mayor will make an integrated plan so that the port is more productive, effective and efficient," he said.

For information, Sadai Harbor is located in Tukak Sadai District, Kab. South Bangka. This port connects the islands of Bangka and Belitung. PT. ASDP Indonesia Ferry (Persero) serves ro-ro ship crossing routes from Sadai Port to Tanjung Rhu Port, in Belitung or vice versa, which can be reached in approximately 12 hours.

The two ships that serve this route are: KMP Gorare which can carry around 80 passengers and 14 vehicles, and KMP Menumbing Raya with a capacity of 150 people and 20 vehicles.

Meanwhile, Tanjung Ular Sea Port, located in Muntok District, West Bangka Regency, is currently under construction. The progress of the construction of the port which has an 80x10 meter pier has reached 94 percent and it is hoped that by the end of this year all work can be completed to facilitate goods/logistics connectivity.

As for the Belinyu Port, it is approximately 90 km from the city of Pangkal Pinang. This port has a pier length of 101 m and a width of 15 m and has a passenger terminal with an area of ​​400 m2.

Also present at the review were the Director General of Sea Transportation Arif Toha, Director of River, Lake and Crossing Transportation Directorate General of Land Transportation Junaidi, and Deputy Regent of South Bangka Debby Vita Dewi. (HH/RDL/LA/HS)